Goatfest attracts Lorrie Morgan

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lorrie Morgan, a five time Best Female Vocalist of the Year, is scheduled to sing at the ninth annual Goats Music & More Festival at Rock Creek in less than three months.

Set for Oct. 7-9, Lewisburg's festival is recognized as a music venue as much as an agriculture event drawing visitors from across the country.

Last year, after a service club's barbecue contest was separated from the festival, questions were asked if the festival would continue, but they've been resolved with adoption of the city's new budget.

On Friday night, Oct. 7, Morgan is scheduled to deliver some of her famous country hits that helped her to sell over six million records world-wide. They include: "What Part of No" don't you understand?; "Five Minutes;" and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength."

"Stay tuned for the next big act to headline," city spokesman Greg Lowe announces in his report about more musical entertainment to be on stage Saturday night, Oct. 8, at the Goats, Music & More Festival.

"The music will keep the stage happening all day Friday and Saturday and all the musical events are free," Lowe said. "Bring a lawn chair and make room to dance the days and nights away. Sunday at the festival will feature gospel music headed up by the local ministerial association of Marshall County.

Still, GM&M is the festival that began in honor of the famous fainting goats of Marshall County.

"The real stars of the festival take the show tents on Friday (Oct. 7) with Myotonic Goat Registry Goat Shows and the Southern Middle Tennessee Junior ABGA Boer Goat Show," Lowe said.

"Saturday (Oct. 8) hosts the World Championship Fainting Goat Show and the John D. Taylor Memorial Boer Goat Show. The Southern Middle Tennessee ABGA Boer Goat Show will close the goat shows on Sunday.

"Vendors of all kinds will line the road at Rock Creek Park beginning Friday morning with anything and everything for which a festival could ask. There is always great food, arts and crafts, unique products of all kinds and more.

"And for the kids, the Goats, Music and More Festival features a whole section of games and activities from train rides and pony rides to rock wall climbing and moon bounce."

Meanwhile, the Third Annual 5K Goats Gallop starts Friday (Oct. 7) at 7 a.m. To pre-register or to find out more, look for Goats Gallop 5K on Facebook or at www.twitter.com/GoatsGallop5k.

The Goats, Music and More Festival has been honored by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event for October twice with its unique southern flavor, free musical entertainment, goat shows that celebrate fainting and Boer goats, food of every description, arts and crafts, and kids' games and activities.